The Great Southern is set to benefit from a “record number of newly qualified nurses and midwives” when it welcomes 26 new staff working for the WA Country Health Services in 2023. The new nurses and midwives will work across a variety of clinical settings throughout the region and will be supported through accommodation subsidies and relocation allowances. WACHS chief executive Jeff Moffet said engaging a record number of newly qualified nurses and midwives helped the organisation to build capacity. “Graduate programs are just one of the many ways we are working to attract and retain country clinicians. We hope this program will drive our newly qualified nurses and midwives to consider a long-term career in the bush,” he said. “This next generation of nurses and midwives will play a fundamental role in supporting our existing healthcare teams and I thank them for choosing to support the Great Southern.” WACHS acting executive director nursing and midwifery Yvonne Bagwell said they would have “unparalleled opportunities” working across hospital, community and aged care settings. “Working in a rural location exposes graduates to so many different fields and specialties,” she said. “They will each have the chance to hone their skills under the watchful eye of some of the state’s best educators and specialists. “Rural practice also gives newly qualified nurses and midwives the opportunity to become active members of the communities in which they live and work.” In addition to the latest cohort of newly qualified nurses and midwives, in 2023 WACHS will also welcome new participants to the Transition to Rural – AdVEnture and Lifestyle (TRAVEL) Program. Further newly qualified nurses and midwives will deploy across regional WA in midyear intakes.